T-Mobile has announced plans to carry out a $4 billion 4G network evolution plan in partnership with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks. The mobile carrier will begin by rolling out iPhone-compatible HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band to a large number of markets by the end of the year. Although the speeds of HSPA+ are not considered to be “4G,” that is the moniker that AT&T uses to describe their own HSPA+ network.
Furthermore, T-Mobile will launch its LTE network in 2013 after acquiring the necessary spectrum licenses from AT&T last week following the failed merger between the two companies. The mobile carrier also announced that it has expanded its current HSPA+ network, which operates on a different spectrum, and now covers well over 220 million people in 229 markets.
“We’re making great progress on our four billion dollar 4G network transformation,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “With these partners on board and the AT&T AWS spectrum secured, we’re on track to enhance our 4G experience this year and deliver nationwide LTE in 2013.”
T-Mobile has publicly expressed its desire to carry the iPhone on its network, but has yet to have any successful negotiations with Apple. Until then, the U.S.’s fourth-largest carrier behind AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint continues to suffer as competing networks reek the benefits of carrying the iPhone. T-Mobile currently has over one million iPhone subscribers, and promises a no-compromise iPhone experience on its network.